What started as a wild wish to create a skating rink for the children of the locality tamed down into practical , doable use of the playground next to the school.
The school could not claim exclusive rights to the playground because it is the only open space in the village and hence used for all kinds of games and village festivals.
Deciding to hold games from 4.30 to 5.30 every evening was the first step. Making it alternate days for boys and girls was the next. Balls and nets were bought. The children were enthusiastic and the games began with volleyball and the more popular , football. The boys knew much more about the rules and taught us which we passed on to the girls.
Claiming the field for the one-hour has been a long and drawn out battle. First it was driving out the cattle which were used to grazing there. Then it was tackling the older boys of the village who had long established rights for cricket, marble and general hanging out. Cajoling, talking, persuasion, threats.. each day was a new trial.
Its taken more than 3 months to establish routines. Running, warm up exercises, and then the games. The children are now stronger, faster and quick to pick up the ball and reluctant to let go.